Hiya everyone! It's Saturday night/Sunday morning, I've got five exams coming up this week so naturally I'm not studying and instead I've decided to give the first post on my trip!
I figured to begin this off with, I'd give a little bit of an insight of the hotel we stayed at for the first couple days whilst waiting for the cruise to start.
I flew into San Juan, Puerto Rico on Friday night and met my mum at the airport. We hopped in a cab and it was a veeerrryy short ride from the airport to the hotel. Which was wonderful since I had been up for longer than 20 hours and had only eaten a poorly made sandwich at the Miami airport.
We stayed at Embassy Suites San Juan - Hotel & Casino. (xx)
The hotel was great. The rooms were clean, the staff was nice and the complimentary breakfast you get when you stay there is great. I do remember wishing for more selection of fruit for my oatmeal, but beggars can't be choosers or something along those lines!
They have a full on little atrium as soon as you walk through the lobby. There's also a little convenience store for some snacks or pizza, drinks and if you forgot to pack your toothbrush - you can grab one down there. There's a bar/restaurant along with a steakhouse inside the hotel. We didn't dine in the bar, however all nights we stayed there, we waited the long wait to eat at the steakhouse.
This is just a guess, but I'm assuming due to the fact that it's the only restaurant within the hotel, they get super busy at dinner time. It's an Australian themed restaurant, Outback Steakhouse, but it's got general American cuisine. I was overall very pleased with the service and the food there!
However the first night, we waited a good hour to get in and eat (we didn't end up eating until 9:30pm). The second night was better, I think we only really waited 20 minutes. They give you a buzzer though, so you can walk around or go and sit out by the pool outside while you're waiting.
Everyday, they've got happy hour where you can go and grab some mixed drinks, tortilla chips and some salsa or some popcorn down in the lobby. And it's all free!
If there's one thing I can take away from this trip, it's that they do not skimp on the rum!
I can honestly say I spent about a full six hours inside this pool. At night, it's all lit up with coloured lights in the pool and around it, and looks wonderful. I swam so many laps and just floated around, it was wonderful.
If there is a pool, I will jump in it and it'll take an army to pull me out.
Overall, I really enjoyed my stay here. It's always a gamble staying at new hotels, but I'm pleased with our choice. They've got all the amenities you might possibly need, and it's all just an elevator trip down to the ground floor. The guests were all incredibly kind and clearly happy to be on vacation! Free WiFi, happy hour and breakfast = all wonderful perks. I would definitely recommend it.